First recruits join on the newest route into policing

Lancashire Constabulary continues to strengthen its ranks with 21 new officers who are making history for the force as the first cohort to join from the BSc Professional Policing Degree entry route.

This week, a ceremony was held at the force HQ to formally attest and welcome the new recruits who have graduated from University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and University of Cumbria collectively.

The newest members of the Lancashire Police family are now training to become fully operational for their roles on immediate response and investigations.

Proud family, friends and course tutors looked on at the attestation ceremony which were hosted at police HQ by Deputy Chief Constable Sacha Hatchett and Chief Constable Chris Rowley and other senior leaders in the organisation.

New police officer and Edge Hill University graduate, PC Hannah Speakman said “It feels very surreal to think that 3 years ago I was a new university student starting my journey as one of the first students to begin the BSc Professional Policing Degree to now beginning my policing career in Lancashire. The ceremony was one of my proudest moments which I got to share with my family.”

UCLan graduate PC Damian Stott said “This moment makes the end of studying as a student and three years of working extremely hard and the beginning of my policing career. The attestation ceremony is a proud moment for me and my family and I am looking forward to serving the people of Lancashire.”

Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: “We are extremely pleased to further strengthen the force with this cohort of the highest calibre students who are passionate about keeping the public safe. Our rigorous training will equip them to becomediligent and dedicated officers who uphold our exacting standards and values, with victim impact at the heart of everything they do; working to keep the peace, protect the county’s people and bring offenders to justice.

We are proud and delighted to welcome them to the Lancashire Police family.”

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Lancashire Police ahead of Police Officer recruitment targets

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Lancashire Police have exceeded their target to recruit an extra 153 officers into the force this year.

In addition to the target set by the Government as part of the Police Uplift Programme, over 60% of the new police officers recruited were female in Lancashire, joining only three other forces nationally to encourage more female recruits.

Some of the officers are already on the beat, having completed all their initial training, whilst others are still polishing their policing skills with tutors.

One of these officers, PC Yasmin Hylton said: “A career as a police officer is varied and offers me the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives which is very rewarding.”

Commenting on the news, Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: “We are really pleased to have met our target – every extra officer on the streets is good news for our teams and for the residents of Lancashire.

“I am also pleased to see that we have increased female representation in our officers.  I know we’ve been privileged to attract fantastic candidates, all with different skills and life experiences who will be able to make a real difference to our local communities. The extra officers will be placed in locations where they will have the biggest impact on reducing crime, vulnerability and ASB”

Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire said:

“I’m delighted that the force here in Lancashire has been able to bring in more officers and has exceeded its recruitment target, fully utilising the support of additional funding from Government.

“These additional officers will make a real difference, helping us to crack down on crime and deliver on the priorities that the people of Lancashire have told me matter most to them.

“I will work closely with the Chief Constable to ensure the additional resources coming into Lancashire Constabulary are best used to keep the people safe and I will also continue to work constructively with Government on any additional investment into policing in the county.”

Recruitment will continue this year, with plans to recruit more Police Officers and police staff as part of the national Police Uplift Programme.

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